Ugandan coffee roaster Bushbucks Coffee expands global reach with entry into Japanese market

UGANDA – Bushbuck Coffee, a Ugandan coffee roaster and seller of premium specialty coffee beans has expanded its footprints in the global market by selling its maiden coffee consignment to Japan.

Flagging off the shipment, Bushbucks Coffee handed over a consignment of 34 boxes of roasted coffee to DHL Global Forwarding for further shipment to Japan.

According to reports by Nile Post, the products will be available in local retail outlets and cafes in Tokyo from the first week of November 2021 onwards.

With the entry into new market, Bushbucks Coffee’s premium blend of Espresso and Nyasaland variety of Arabica coffee is now available not only to the Ugandan consumers but also coffee lovers in New York, London and Tokyo in 250g and 500g pouches. Nyasaland coffee which is one of Africa’s oldest Arabica coffee varieties.

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“As a brand that prides in a meticulous process and stringent quality control measures which results in a premium coffee experience for our consumers, the entry of Bushbucks Coffee into the Japanese market is yet another milestone in ensuring we get Uganda’s unique coffee to as many tables across the globe,” said Chirag Pandya, the Director for Bushbucks Coffee.

Chirag further hailed the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) for their guidance and support in choosing the right coffee beans, developing roast profiles and different platforms to showcase their products.

Bushbuck Coffee boasts of helping hundreds of coffee farmers in Bugisu sub-region in Eastern Uganda who are involved in selectively picking the coffee cherries, sorting them into different quality categories and processing the coffee.

Chirag explained that working closely with the farming communities is critical in broadening the understanding on the characteristics of Nyasaland which is the company’s flagship coffee blend while discovering more about its cultivation and processing techniques.

He noted that the value chain also involves preservation, value addition and quality control, all of which have created opportunities for local households to earn income sustainably.

“Our mission is to bring together the efforts of all those who worked on the taste of the cup. From validating the efforts of the farmers, pickers, those who processed, sorted and graded the coffee, cuppers and roasters,” Chirag said.

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According to officials, Bushbuck Coffee also works directly with farmers in facilitating some of the processes like milling the coffee which automatically increases the farmer’s income given that they are paid at an international rate and a premium on top of every yield.

Uganda which is Africa’s second-largest coffee producer, after Ethiopia, exported 6.4 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee worth US$607.8 million in the last 12 months (September 2020 to August 2021) compared to 5.2 million bags valued at US$502.2 million in the previous year.

This represents a 22.9% and 21%year-on-year increase in both quantity and value respectively.

The East African country is continuing to exhibit an upward trend in its coffee export volumes and earnings, attaining a 34.89% rise in quantity to 700,990 60-kilo bags in August, compared to the same month last year.

The month’s output is higher compared to the 700,035 bags exported the previous month in July and 618,388 bags sold in June.

During the period under review, Uganda fetched US$75.09 million from the exports of the month, 63.06 % higher compared to the corresponding period in 2020.

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